The people in the interior
of our country do not know anything about fish. If we spent a sufficient amount of money in advertising our product and educating the people up to eating fish; if we increased the sale of fish in this country by but ten pounds per capita, it would mean an additional
100,000,000 pounds, which would be of great assistance to our fishermen in the maritime provinces.
The resolution before the house is, I believe, a good one, and to carry out its terms would not cost the country a great deal of money. Every facility should be given to our fishermen to prosecute their industry in the best possible manner. I do not know that this government has spent very much, but previous governments spent quite large amounts of money in erecting throughout the dominion bait freezers which, as was explained by two hon. gentlemen opposite, were not a success. If modem freezers can be built at the prices mentioned by the hon. member for Gloucester, this is something to which the Department of Fisheries could give very serious consideration, and I believe if the matter is taken up in the committee on fisheries, there discussed and recommendations made to the department, every attention will be given to them. That is what I understand my hon. friend is asking for and
I believe the government would be well advised to carry out the recommendations in reference to freezers.
But in connection with the fishing industry there are many other matters that are much more important than the freezers. As the hon. member for Antigonish-Guysborough has stated, every assistance has been given to the farming industry but very little has been given to the fishermen. I think some scheme can be worked out whereby loans can be made to the fishermen on easy terms so as to enable them to equip themselves with better facilities for operating the industry. The fishermen today are up against it for new equipment. Their old equipment is worn out; they have no money with which to replace it. Some arrangement can I am sure, be arrived at for making loans to our fishermen in order to enable them to supply themselves with modern equipment. I believe the Department of Fisheries will do everything possible to assist the fishermen if this matter is brought before them in the proper manner, and the proper place to discuss it is before the committee on fisheries. Therefore I suggest that the question be taken up by that committee and a report presented to the house, when we can discuss the problem further.
Topic: DEEP SEA FISHERIES
Subtopic: FACILITIES FOR REFRIGERATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF BAIT